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John Dinga

Very good reflections, Innocent. Nothing helps us see ourselves as we are than a mirror placed in front of us. Your write-up does just that.

Understandably Africans have been so conditioned to receiving handouts that anything short of a handout was bound to be treated with repugnance. That is exactly what our so-called luminaries have been doing by excoriating President Obama instead of recognizing his alternative approach to solving Africa's chronic problem.

Shokoro Festus

Does the "god" the white man sold to Africa exist? What else are they selling us this time? Well, you guessed it: "democrazy and freedom". And just like they brought the bible and the gun yesterday; today they bring democrazy and missiles.

But as optimism is an essential psychological appendage of human hope and progress, I am hoping that the development this past week in Addis Ababa (where Ping got pinged), Africa will begin looking inwards for the solutions to her problems, for strategies for her growth and progress, rather than speculating on the policies of outsiders who will certainly not care for Africa and Africans more than Africans will care for themselves and their lands.

Our African elite (at home and abroad), is overwhelmed with the massive and omnipresent western media's narrative of what happens in Africa. They imbibe of the sleek sounds and graphics piped down from satellites right into their living rooms like manna from the heavens. It is an aphrodisiac; they must consume, internalize and propagate it. It is a spectacle that has been spell-binding to me as I paid close attention in the past year to developments in Cote d'Ivoire, Libya and Egypt particularly.

And the statement (with no study cited) that the focus for over 99.9 percent of the African youth population is survival perpetuates the de-humanizing narrative that oxygenates the western corporate and elitist media narrative about Africa.

When we get our cues from the BBC, CNN and Al Jazeera, be it in Yaounde, London or DC, we become mesmerized an overwhelmed by their massive doses of loudly trumpeted ignorance and bias, so much so that we begin citing apparent figments of imagination as fact.

The bottom line is that Africa must begin looking inward first for her solutions; we should give as much thought and ink to their policies about our wellbeing as they give about ours.


Ewake

Did Ping or the heads of state have control over the AU? With or without Ping, the same old song will continue. BTW, of the Zuma lady is coming to represent the South African voice on the diplomatic scene, then Africa is in for a rude awakening - she represents a country which in spite of its might is always on the wrong side of history be it on HIV/AIDS, Zimbabwe, Cote d'Ivoire,Libya, etc. Africans should focus on grassroots movements and not these fake organizations cut off from the African reality and African aspirations. Worship your new hero Zuma if you may but Africa shall still be Africa

Biznow

A very thoughtful essay. However, after looking at Obama's policies both home and abroad and specifically on African, I find it extremely difficult to agree with this writer. Obama is laying an evasive foundation and not a solid one on Africa.

dango  tumma

african kings told the american slave descendant (obama) not to intervene in libya,because it will destabilize the region, but hussein obama said africans have no brains , he disrepect africans , and now mali fell apart because opf obama and the boko haram have libyan weapons etc, hwo does abama think he can decieve, we know obama as the enemy of africa, jusrt as the west have always been

limbekid

I`ll never understand the African fascination with longevity of leadership. Lee Kwan Yew was Prime Minister of Singapore for 31 years and that country did not go down the drain.

If democracy was all it took for countries to develop, then countries like Benin, Senegal and Ghana would be topping development tables in Africa. On the contrary we have the likes of Angola, Ethiopia, Rwanda. What is required of a leader is vision and performance, accompanied by a vibrant and enthusiastic populace

Contrary to popular belief, economically developed countries are not developed because of democracy, but inspite of it.

dango tuman

obama is a failure right from start
HOW CAN A SLAVE RULE A MASTER?

AND PRETEND TO RULE THE WORLD

ONCE A SLAVE SPIRIT ALWAYS FOREVER SLAVE-SPIRIT, NO SUCH A THING AS AFRICAN-AMERICAN, JUST AS NO SUCH A THING AS EUROPEAN-AMERICAN. THESE ARE ALL LOST SOULS, LIARS,PRETENDERS AND EVIL BLACK MEN OF AMERICA

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